A mum has eaten a roast every day for two decades, meaning she has had 7,300 Christmas dinners in the last 20 years.
Jayne Winteringham has had her favourite meal every day since 2000 when the single mum stopped cooking varied options for her four children and enjoyed how easy a roast was to ‘bung in the oven’.
Despite having a daily roast the retail worker has managed to keep her size 10 figure since she was 18.
The now 65-year-old said: ‘A roast is my favourite meal – it’s a classic British dish.
‘I think it’s a balanced meal – you’ve got meat, carbohydrates and vegetables – plus, I’m cooking everything myself fresh, so I know exactly what’s going into my food.
‘I don’t eat takeaways or anything like that, which I think are far more unhealthy.
‘I’m not just a Sunday roast person – I’ll eat them any time.’
Ms Winteringham started her roast-for-one tradition after her children left home and she wanted a simple meal that she did not have to stand in the kitchen and monitor after she got home from work.
She makes the gravy from scratch but finds it easy to ‘just chop up some veg and potatoes, then pop it all in the oven with the meat’.
The Bristolian said: ‘It’ll only take me a maximum of an hour, which is no more than any other dinner – plus it’s one pan to cook it all in, which saves on washing up.
‘It pretty much takes care of itself, so I can go and unwind after work and let it cook away.’
Ms Winteringham usually goes for chicken as her meat but also enjoys turkey, sausages and bacon.
She usually had her meat with sprouts, carrots, parsnips, potatoes and gravy, which is her favourite part.
Even when she goes out she orders a roast but will order a salad or a rice dish if the restaurant does not offer a Sunday dinner.
Sometimes Ms Winteringham will use leftover meat from a roast to make a stew, soup or stock.
She said: ‘I’m a British food lover, so nothing compares to a roast.
‘I still stick to the classic roast recipe, but I add things like bacon in the sprouts, pigs in blankets and bread sauce to make it a bit more special.’
Last year Ms Winteringham’s oven broke just before Christmas.
‘The repairman joked that I’d worn it out using it so often – so here’s hoping that doesn’t happen again,’ she said.
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